Ertugral plays down title glory
Mpumalanga Black Aces coach Muhsin Ertugral has downplayed his team’s chances of going all the way to win the Absa Premiership title.
After dethroning log leaders Bidvest Wits from the summit of the log on Friday, Ertugral said it was still too early to talk about challenging for the honours.
Aces came out victorious 2-1, courtesy of Collins Mbesuma’s brace, which took his league goal tally to 10 so far this campaign.
Ertugral said their aim was to win the Q2-Innovation to reward the players’ efforts so far this season.
“We are not thinking that far, to be honest. Our aim is to win the QInnovation, and I think these players deserve it; they have worked hard for it,” said the former Kaizer Chiefs tactician.
With a game to go in Q2, Aces’ 15point haul keeps them well in contention for the quarterly R1.5 million prize. But AmaZayoni will be hoping their nearest rivals, Mamelodi Sundowns, who were on 13 before last night’s game against struggling University of Pretoria, drop points along the way.
Wits’ coach, Gavin Hunt, lamented his side’s missed opportunities as their downfall on the night. He said his team had committed schoolboy errors in allowing Aces’ goals and said it was unacceptable at this level.
“We should have had four or five goals in the opening half, as we had them on the back foot, but we missed. Their goalkeeper was also great – but it was one of those games,” said Hunt.
Meanwhile, Mbesuma believes he can go all the way to claim the top-scorer award.
However, he said he was not under pressure to repeat what he did in the 2004/05 season, when he netted 35 goals in all competitions.
“For now I am happy that the team is doing well, and it is not just about me. I am happy I have been scoring and I will take each game as it comes,” said the Zambian hit man.
TOP 10 Collins Mbesuma has found the back of the net 10 times in the league so far